| || THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,|
| ||Should a wise man make answer with vain 1 knowledge,|
And fill himself with the east wind?
| ||Should he reason with unprofitable talk,|
Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
| ||Yea, thou doest away with fear,|
And hinderest 2 devotion 3 before God.
| ||For thine 4 iniquity teacheth thy mouth,|
And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
| ||Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I;|
Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
| ||Art thou the first man that was born?|
Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?
| ||Hast 5 thou heard the secret counsel of God?|
And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself?
| ||What knowest thou, that we know not?|
What understandest thou, which is not in us?
| ||With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men,|
Much elder than thy father.
| ||Are the consolations of God too small for thee,|
Even 6 the word that is gentle toward thee?
| ||Why doth thy heart carry thee away?|
And why do thine eyes flash,
| ||That against God thou turnest thy spirit,|
And lettest words go out of thy mouth?
| ||What is man, that he should be clean?|
And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
| ||Behold he putteth no trust in his holy ones;|
Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight:
| ||How much less one 7 that is abominable and corrupt,|
A man that drinketh iniquity like water!
| || I will show thee, hear thou me;|
And that which I have seen I will declare
| ||(Which wise men have told|
From their fathers, and have not hid it;
| ||Unto whom alone the land was given,|
And no stranger passed among them):
| ||The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days,|
Even 8 the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
| ||A sound of terrors is in his ears;|
In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
| ||He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness,|
And he is waited for of the sword.
| ||He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it?|
He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
| ||Distress and anguish make him afraid;|
They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
| ||Because he hath stretched out his hand against God,|
And behaveth 9 himself proudly against the Almighty;
| ||He runneth upon him with a stiff neck,|
With 10 the thick bosses of his bucklers;
| ||Because he hath covered his face with his fatness,|
And gathered fat upon his loins;
| ||And he hath dwelt in desolate 11 cities,|
In houses which no man inhabited, 12
Which were ready to become heaps;
| ||He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue,|
Neither shall their 13 possessions be extended on the earth.
| ||He shall not depart out of darkness;|
The flame shall dry up his branches,
And by the breath of Gods 14 mouth shall he go away.
| ||Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself;|
For vanity shall be his recompense.
| ||It shall be accomplished 15 before his time,|
And his branch shall not be green.
| ||He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine,|
And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree.
| ||For the company of the godless shall be barren,|
And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
| ||They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity,|
And their heart prepareth deceit.
|Note 1. Heb. knowledge of wind. [back]|
|Note 2. Heb. diminishest. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, meditation. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, Dost thou hearken in the council. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, Or is there any secret thing with thee?. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, that which is. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, And years that are numbered are laid up &c. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, biddeth defiance to. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, Upon. [back]|
|Note 11. Heb. cut off. [back]|
|Note 12. Or, would inhabit. [back]|
|Note 13. Or, their produce bend to the earth. [back]|
|Note 14. Heb. his. [back]|
|Note 15. Or, paid in full. [back]|